Henderson 100/1 for clean sweep

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: February 18 2013, 16:28 GMT

Nicky Henderson is 100/1 to win all four championship races at the Cheltenham Festival.

Nicky Henderson with his stable star Sprinter Sacre on Monday
Nicky Henderson with his stable star Sprinter Sacre on Monday

Henderson showed his Festival team off to the media on Monday and that prompted the bookies to go up with a series of specials.

The star trainer is 100s with Boylesports to win the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, World Hurdle and Gold Cup at next month's meeting. Sky Bet are much more wary at 33/1.

Henderson is 12/1 to draw a blank in the big four races with Sky Bet.

The Seven Barrows handler is rated odds-on at 4/7 to saddle the winner in two or more of the races. He's 7/2 to win three or more and 11/8 to win just one of the four.

Sprinter Sacre is a red-hot favourite for the Queen Mother, while Henderson also has the favourites for the World Hurdle (Oscar Whisky) and Gold Cup (Bobs Worth).

Henderson's biggest challenge would appear to be winning the Champion Hurdle with Grandouet and Binocular well behind Willie Mullins' favourite Hurricane Fly in the betting.

Henderson is priced up at 7/2 to win that race, the highlight of the opening day, by Sky Bet.

Henderson has trained more Cheltenham Festival winners than anyone in history and is currently a top price of 8/11 (Coral) to be the top trainer at this year's Festival, which gets under way on March 12.

William Hill's Kate Miller said: "Nicky boasts a squad of titanic proportions this year, with the 'who's who' of British equine talent heading to the Festival.

"Were it not for Willie Mullins, the writing would already be on the wall for Nicky to take the top Festival trainer title, and it'll be a fascinating tussle between the two giants of jump racing as to who will take the crown."

Hill's bet on the total number of Henderson winners and make six or more a 7/4 chances.

Between none and three is also 7/4 with four or five the market leader at 6/4.